Biography of Benjamin Holloway
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





BENJAMIN HOLLOWAY, liveryman, Springfield; is a Buckeye, and one of the oldest continuous residents now living in Clark County; he is a son of William Holloway, who was an early resident of Madison Township. He was a native of Virginia, and there married Martha Branson, whose decease occurred after their removal to Ohio, and while they resided near Chillicothe, where he married his second wife, Phcebe Crispin, who was a daughter of Mathias Crispin, who came from New Jersey and settled in the same neighborhood and about the same time the Holloways settled. Mr. Crispin was about 70 years of age when his last marriage occurred, yet he lived to raise a second family of four children and see all grown to majority, he being 101 years old at his death, which occurred near South Charleston, he having removed there along with the Holloways. Mr. Holloway, Sr., was Justice of Madison Township twenty two years; he was a member of the Board of Commissioners a number of terms; his first election occurred in 1834. He was one of the most intelligent as well as prominent citizens of his time, and continued to reside in Madison Township until his decease, in 1842. The subject of this sketch was born near Chillicothe in 1812; he remained on the farms, assisting his parents, until 18 years of age, then came to Springfield to learn the carpenter's trade; after completing his apprenticeship, his " boss " took him into partnership, and he continued in the business a number of years, but his health failed, in consequence of which his accumulations were being consumed. About 1845, very much against the judgment of friends, he engaged in the livery business, and, although in feeble health and in debt at the start, in eight years sold out, having accumulated $10,000, and, what was still better, regained his health. After a short interval, he again engaged in the livery business, and has since continued it, now having his oldest son, Christie, associated with him Mr. Holloway acted as Deputy Sheriff several years; has been member of Council one term, and made the last assessment of real estate of his ward, having been elected Assessor last October without opposition. His residence is No. 162 South Market, corner of Mulberry. He martied, in 1834, Electa, daughter of Dr. Horace Lawrence, of Clifton, by whom he had five children, four of whom are living - Mary A., J. Christie, Harriet (now Mrs. George Tatham, of Greenville, Ill.), and Carroll J., of Columbus. His first wife having died, he married, in 1872, Maria (Mitchel) Rodefer. Mr. Holloway is a member of the First Presbyterian Church; has always been a strong temperance man, has never used tobacco in any form, and has always maintained such a course in all relations of life as commended him to the confidence and esteem of his friends and fellow citizens.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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